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"As she spoke, she became visibly livelier, more energized and spontaneous."

Belleruth Naparstek, Your Sixth Sense, Part 4

Our little pas de deux finally resolved itself when I leaned forward, elbows on thighs, and asked, "So, is it fair for me to assume then, Jane, that even though your husband is a good man and he's very worried about you and he wants to do everything he can to help you and keep you alive, you don't really experience him as a source of emotional support?"

Her eyes widened, her mouth dropped open, her breath caught, and she very quickly said, "Oh, I would never say that!" I leaned forward with my best conspirator's smile and whispered, "I know. That's why I'm saying it." Before she could help herself, she laughed out loud, like a girl, our eyes made contact, and the connection was made. In that moment, the tension between us dissipated, the ground rules shifted, and we both knew that from then on we'd be telling each other the truth.

And so it was no surprise to either of us when she began talking about how hard, how wearying, it was for her to be married--that perhaps for her, the solitude and independence of single life would have been a far better choice, that even when her husband tried to be helpful, to her it just felt like one more set of demands to respond to and accommodate. More than anything, she liked being left alone.

As she spoke, she became visibly livelier, more energized and spontaneous. She looked stronger, freer, less burdened. It was clear to me that she needed to be talking about these things, that it was good for her to be telling the truth.

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